My research involves observations and simple models of minor planets in the Solar System. I am particularly interested in exploring relationships between small body populations, such as the link between near-Earth asteroids and meteorites. This work has implications for topics ranging from the origin of planets to the exploration of small bodies by spacecraft. Check out my publications or feel free to contact me for more info.
MANOS aims to provide insight on the basic physical properties of near-Earth objects. In 2013 this program was awarded multi-year survey status by NOAO and now employs large telescopes around the world including Gemini North and South, the Kitt Peak 4-meter, the SOAR 4-meter, and Lowell Observatory’s 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope. MANOS obtains light curves, astrometry, and spectral data for approximately 10% of all newly discovered NEOs. MANOS goals include informing the link between meteorites and asteroids; understanding the role of planetary encounters on the physical properties of NEOs; and constraining the properties of future robotic and human exploration targets. More info on MANOS is here.